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Van Doorne

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Vastly experienced IT and privacy law specialist Elisabeth Thole leads Van Doorne’s privacy team, which focuses on GDPR compliance matters, mass and recourse claims, multi-jurisdictional data breaches and the implementation of data infrastructure. Counsel Özer Zivali is a key name to note for his broad range of work in the cyber security space, such as cross-border enforcement matters and advising on complex data sharing structures, as well as the implementation of innovative data technologies.

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‘The team is very dedicated and brings a lot of relevant knowledge and experience to the table. Their responses are always quick and set expectations correctly.’

‘Elisabeth Thole stands out as she is thorough, highly experienced and knowledgeable. She has strong legal views, insights and opinions and shares these regularly. Özer Zivali has grown to be a very senior lawyer in this field and strengthens the team with his own qualities and ever-increasing knowledge and experience.’

‘The hard-working team has established over the years a reputation that goes beyond the Dutch borders. The team is internationally well connected, highly diverse and has sound market knowledge. It is always a pleasure working with the team, which is a powerhouse.’

‘Elisabeth Thole is one of the leading figures in Netherlands and European data protection law. She is well known for her expertise and business approach. She knows how to deal with big cases and clients. She also allows her team to grow. Özer, who is a laywer in her team, did benefit a lot from Elisabeth and has become a very good data protection lawyer.’

‘Elisabeth Thole is one of the best in her field. In addition to her qualities, she thinks proactively with the client and is easily accessible.’

‘Elisabeth Thole and Ozer Zivali are very knowledgeable regarding privacy laws (GDPR) and give thorough advice to our company, reducing risks.’

‘A very strong data protection practice. Always very professional and accessible.’

‘Open minded, easy to connect and fast acting team members.’

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Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Eindhoven University of Technology


Work highlights

  • Assisted GGD GHOR with the investigation started by the Dutch Data Protection Authority in February 2021 in relation to a data theft related to the processing of Covid-19 health data.
  • Assist TU/e with various data protection matters, including assisting it in respect of a large data breach.
  • Advising Havenbedrijf Rotterdam (Port of Rotterdam) on GDPR and other privacy-related matters.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

An integral part of Van Doorne‘s multi-method dispute resolution practice, the mediation team acts for corporate and professional clients in settling internal financial and corporate disputes. Bas Van Zelst heads the team and Steven Sterk is the name to note for clients dealing with employment law issues.

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‘Very good personal approach and level of professionalism.’

‘Really teaming up with the client.’

‘The firm is very strong in strategizing the possible interests of both parties. The firm is very able in negotiating an interest for both parties.’

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Van Doorne‘s criminal defence and investigations team advises a range of clients on a broad spectrum of international as well as domestic criminal and regulatory enforcement and investigatory and compliance matters. Jan Leliveld focuses on criminal litigation in fraud and bribery cases, sanctions, environmental criminal law and economic offences. The experienced Ed van Liere represents clients in disputes concerning anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and sanctions. Neyah van der Aa, who joined the firm in 2022 from Allen & Overy LLP, acts as counsel in high-profile criminal and regulatory enforcement cases, while Vanessa Liem is entrusted with business compliance matters and internal investigations. Rutger ten Ham and Frederike Ahlers are key associates; the former is experienced in assisting clients during dawn raids and the latter is skilled in labour accident investigations.

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‘Jan Leliveld is an outstanding lawyer. He achieves great results. Frederike Ahlers is very intelligent and in combination with Jan they are a perfect team’

‘This practice especially has the ability to understand the work of auditors. That is of great benefit in the area of financial economic crime. Neyah van der Aa has an outstanding reputation. He understands my work as an auditor’

‘Van Doorne is a boutique firm of excellent lawyers. The go-to firm for specialized white-collar practice in Amsterdam’

‘Neyah van der Aa is a sanctions genius and investigations guru. Jan Leliveld is a white collar legend.’

‘The team is always available. They are very hands-on, knowledgeable, willing to think with the client and in the interest of the client and look for practical solutions where possible. They make sure that they understand and know their client well.’

‘Jan Leliveld makes sure he and his team are always available for urgent matters. He knows how to cut to the chase in any matter and ask the relevant and needed questions. He has a very positive and energetic approach.’

‘Frederike Ahlers is always very well prepared and has excellent analytical skills. She makes sure she has significant knowledge of matters and asks the right questions. She always remains calm and level-headed even in more urgent matters and is a great person to work with.’

‘Rutger ten Ham is a very good sparring partner and always willing to pick up the phone and talk with the client. He has excellent analytical skills and delivers great work.’

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Van Doorne is called upon by international law firms to advise high-profile clients in the food industry on cross-border matters such as pan-European product recalls, takeovers and mergers, and contract negotiations concerning distributorships and sourcing agreements. Head of the commercial contracts and litigation team Lisette Bieleveld represents domestic and international companies in disputes concerning food safety, consumer law, product liability and commercial contracts. Head of the privacy team Elisabeth Thole often works on food-related privacy matters and IP specialist Kriek Wille further bolsters the food team, working on design protection and complex transactions involving IP portfolios. Senior associate Florence Verbeek works alongside Bieleveld on commercial contracts and litigation matters regarding consumer, product liability, e-commerce and food law as well as product recall issues. Senior associate Alexandra Weidner is a key contact for drafting and negotiating commercial contracts.

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‘The lawyers we worked with are very accurate, capable and responsive.’

‘The legal coverage is useful, well thought through and extremely well summarized. They are a “go to” firm in the Netherlands’

‘Lisette Bieleveld and Florence Verbeek’s opinions were extremely helpful.’

‘The firm’s approach is fast and personal in a professional way.’

‘The lawyers invest in your business and work together on a personal level in a really good way.’

‘Very professional assessment. Very helpful and proactive advice. Excellent team. Worked with Lisette and she is an excellent lawyer with a great team. Billing process is very transparent.’

‘Lisette Bieleveld is a very good communicator and straight to the point.

‘Willem van der Ven is very professional.’

Key clients

ABP Food Group Unlimited

Agrico B.V.

Ahold Europe Real Estate & Construction B.V.

AMC Grupo Alimentacion Fresco y Zumos S.

Baarsma Wine Group Nederland

Barentz N.V.

Bedo Imex B.V.

Bergbanket B.V.

Bio Detection Systems B.V.

BrunchCo 21


Carbonell Nederland B.V.

Coöperatieve Inkoopcombinatie Dranken Compagnie U.A.e

Cott Corporation

Crisp B.V.

Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

Detailresult Services B.V.

De Banketgroep B.V.

Distilleries Group Toorank B.V.

Drie Mollen International B.V.

Dutch Bakery Holding B.V.

Eden Springs

Emmi Benelux B.V.


Euro-Caps B.V.

Europastry SA


FrieslandCampina Riedel B.V.


General Mills

Getir B.V.

Giorgi Global

Go Tan

Healthspan Ltd.


H. van Wijnen


ISK Bioscience Europe N.V.

JDE Peet’s


KFC Holdings B.V.

Klaas Puul B.V.

Koninklijke Agrifirm Group

Koninkijke Ahold Delhaize N.V.

Lenger Seafoods


Marine Harvest ASA


MCO Health B.V.

Meatless B.V.

Moët & Chandon

New York Pizza

Nutreco N.V.

Nutricia Export B.V.

Padifood Service B.V.

Pandriks Holding B.V.

Paterson Arran Ltd.

Plukon Food Group

PLUS Retail B.V.

PortionPack Europe Holding B.V.

Prins & Dingemanse B.V.

Prinsen Food

PV Industries B.V.

Rainforrest Alliance

Refresco Group B.V.

Royal Sanders

Santé Group

Sonion Nederland B.V.

Starbucks Coffee Netherlands B.V.

Stichting Albert Schweitzer

Stichting de Zorgcirkel

Struik Holding N.V. and Struik Europe N.V.


Supergoods UG

Texelse Bierbrouwerij B.V.

The Green Happiness

Tony’s Factory B.V.

Trioplast Industries AB

United Coffee Services Schweiz AG

United Softdrinks B.V.

Van Oers United

Vaessen-Schoemaker B.V.

Vita Square B.V.


Work highlights

  • Advised DEEN on all commercial contract related issues and disputes in relation to the sale of its 80 supermarkets.
  • Advised New York Pizza on GDPR related compliance gaps.
  • Advised Santé Group on Danone Group tender documentation.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Van Doorne‘s broad IT practice is co-led by global outsourcing and cloud transactions expert Bart van Reeken and specialist counsel in healthcare and finance IT-related projects Louis Jonker. Van Reeken negotiates and drafts various outsourcing, software development and implementation agreements and is also a name to note for dealing with compliance issues and contractual disputes. Jonker assists major hospitals, public health services, mental health institutions and health research centres with enterprise resource planning, business intelligence solutions and cloud management services. He is also a key contact for fintech matters and is supported by the attorney Ruud de Kleijn.

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‘The individuals I have worked with are friendly and professional and give a personal touch to the relationship.’

‘Besides the fact that Bart is a very good content professional, he is always willing to walk the extra mile. He is flexible, honest, excellent reach and is a real partner you can count on throughout the entire process.  He is also very well known in the market so less persuasion is needed to make a point. It’s more than a pleasure to have Bart in your team.’

‘Van Doorne have supported us on a range of complex technology-related items; from IP sales to asset transfers.’

‘The team showed excellent legal capabilities, as well as flexibility, patience, discretion and endurance towards suppliers not particularly interested in making off-boarding arrangements (e.g., data-retention) even after arrangements had finished.’

‘Resourceful and creative in finding solutions. Goal-oriented, and flexible, listen carefully to suppliers. Strong negotiators. The lawyers are professional, friendly and have a great sense of humour.’

‘‘Bart van Reeken is a joy to work with. He is sharp, energetic and quick. A trusted partner.’

‘The firm has expert knowledge on legal aspects concerning EMR contracts. Work fast and creates a nice atmosphere’

‘Louis Jonker is very hands on, always available, knows all legal ins and outs of outsourcing and related processes and able put that in practice in a very pragmatic way. A great guy to work with on large scale outsourcing projects.’

Key clients


Atradius Collections


Blockchain Investments & Co.


Deutsche Telekom AG


Dijklander Hospital


ENC Security

GGD GHOR Nederland


Landelijk Platform Zorgcoördinatie

Mogelijk Technologies

Municipality of Leeuwarden

Nationale Opera & Ballet


Parnassia Group

Schuberg Philis

‘s Heeren Loo Zorggroep

Solera Nederland

Team Rockstars

Warner Media


Zuidwest Radiotherapeutisch Instituut

Work highlights

  • Assisting APG in contracting software to administer the pension arrangements it supports for over 4.7 million participants in light of the largest overhaul the Dutch pension system has seen in 30 years
  • Co-advised Deutsche Telekom AG on the sale by Deutsche Telekom and Tele2 of T-Mobile Netherlands
  • Assisted PARK NOW Group on outsourcing various IT services in respect of its digital mobility platforms and services to global IT services provider EPAM

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 1

Van Doorne leverages its sizeable team to advise a range of clients on the full breadth of mandates in the retail practice area. Lisette Bieleveld litigates on behalf of domestic and international companies and organisations with regard to commercial contracts, including international agency, franchise and distribution contracts. IT law expert Elisabeth Thole focuses on privacy-related matters, covering compliance advice and contentious matters in the retail sector. Specialist in M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, Meltem Koning-Gungormez deals with innovative and impact investments, acquisitions and divestments for corporates and financial institutions in the technology, food and retail sectors. Koning-Gungormez also advises founders and shareholders of innovative retail companies on buy-outs, exits and strategic cooperations, frequently handling transactions with a cross-border nexus. Senior associate Joost Volkers is the key contact for distressed retail matters involving restructuring and recovery.

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‘Lisette Bieleveld has a perfect understanding of what is going on in Retail. She had dealt with our suppliers before and that made her the right person for us. She has the quality to understand exactly what you mean even if it’s not always asked. Friendly, knowledgeable and trustworthy.’

‘Everyone that we have been working with at Van Doorne has been very helpful, knowledgeable and gave us all the support we required.’

‘We mainly work with Lisette Bieleveld and her team, who are amazing at what they do.’

‘I do believe that more than over 90 years of experience and international leading experts says it all.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management


AD International


Albemarle Corporation


Arovo B.V.


Astana Group

AutoBinck Holding


Barry Callebaut Belgium

Bedo Imex

BCC (Elektro-Speciaalzaken)



CBR Fashion Group


Cott Coporation



Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

Deli Home Holding B.V.

Denon & Marantz Group

Detailresult Groep


Dutch State Lottery

DRC Capital


D.I.O. drogisterijen

Eci Holding


Electronic Arts

Electronic Partner

E & M Holding B.V. (Eyes & More)


FHP Vileda


Green Swan


Hans Anders Retail Group

Helly Hansen


Hunkemöller International


Intergamma (Gamma and Karwei)

INTRAKOOP, Coöperatieve Inkoopvereniging voor zorg en welzijn U.A.



Laboratoires La Prairie

LG CNS Europe

Marqt B.V.

M7 Real Estate

McArthurGlen Group

Simon Property Group



North Technology Group

Office Depot



Paradox Interactive



Princess Stores


QLF Brands


Renault Nederland

Retail Estates N.V.

RetourMatras B.V.


Royal Ahold Delhaize

Royal Sanders


Nederlandse Loterij

Schwan-STABILO Schwanhäuber GmbH & Co. KG

Solidus Solutions Holding B.V.



Stella & Dot

Stern Group


Street One


Tag Heuer

Takko Fashion

Texelse Bierbrouwerij B.V.



Trionios Group International

Tony’s Chocolonely

TW Steel Europe

Verdel Bloemenexport


Walt Disney Company

Wishright (Bodilson)


Work highlights

  • Advising LG Electronics on a new Dutch mandatory consumer law.
  • Advising Klarna Bank on regulatory, employment and consumer law issues regarding new services that Klarna wishes to offer to consumers.
  • Advising Morenso on loyalty campaigns and IP strategy

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

Van Doorne’s insurance group sits within the firm’s wider dispute resolution practice. The team is active in policy drafting, coverage disputes, and conflicts between insurers and brokers, and has a notable focus on professional indemnity, particularly for civil notaries and tax practitioners in alleged malpractice claims, D&O, warranty and indemnity, bankers’ blanket bonds and cyber insurance. The practice has specific experience in the not-for-profit sector including healthcare and housing corporations, and third-party attachments under D&O liability policies. The practice is led by Annemieke Hendrikse, who specialises in D&O liability and often acts as monitoring counsel at the instruction of insurers, and Walter Hendriksen, who focuses on contentious insurance and liability matters, especially relating to D&O and professional liability.

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‘Van Doorne is well known for their insurance practice and we have been working with this firm for over 10 years. The working relationship is very good and we have full confidence in them to assist us in handling high-value insurance issues.’

‘Annemieke Hendrikse has always demonstrated an excellent knowledge and understanding of the insurance market and is well renowned.’

‘Willeke van Spanje is my go to person if I have a hard case. She has excellent knowledge of the law.’

‘Annemieke Hendrikse is a lawyer of exceptional quality in the field of D&O & management liability. She is extremely knowledgeable with great strategic capabilities focused on finding the best possible resolution. I would strongly recommend her to anyone seeking high quality legal advice on management liability.’

‘Trustworthy, a lot of expertise, easily accessible.’

‘Annemieke Hendrikse and her team have a lot of knowledge and expertise on the subject of insurance law, D&O liability and professional liability. I have very good experience with her and the team as a monitoring counsel in very complex cases with high exposures.’

‘Good quality service as a team, good cooperation.’

‘Goal oriented, pleasant approach and collaboration, pragmatic and high legal quality.’

Key clients






HDI Specialty

HDI Global

Nationale Nederlanden


Work highlights

  • Advised an insurer on the possible impact international sanctions may have on coverage.
  • Assistance to insureds under professional indemnity coverage, including advice on internal investigations.
  • Advised on the professional indemnity coverage of a financial institution in respect of a claim pertaining to a $1.9bn worldwide conspiracy.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Angelique Thiele and Stefan van Rossum head the practice at Van Doorne, which is a strong choice for Dutch, German, UK and US banks, as well as Dutch and international non-bank lenders. The firm has an excellent reputation for real estate and development finance transactions, with Thiele leading a 12-strong team dedicated to this area. Senior associate Babette Vos has experience acting for banks and loan funds with a particular focus on hotel financings, whereas Estelle van Heerden mainly represents insurers and non-bank lenders in this space. Elsewhere, the group is well-placed to handle matters involving leveraged finance, corporate lending, asset-based finance, loan portfolio sales and debt restructuring. Alternative finance specialist Jelmer Baukema is also noted.

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‘The real estate finance team is client-driven, experienced and knowledgeable about the lending market standards applicable in the Netherlands. They are trustworthy and committed to meeting deadlines.’

‘Angelique Thiele is a very good dealmaker and a strong support on the decision-making process for the client. She is capable of summarising the main issues and providing clear guidance on how to deal with issues.’

‘Van Doorne works very precisely.’

‘Angelique Thiele has a very pleasant and calm manner during negotiations; she always remains factual and argues well.’

‘When compared to higher profile firms that I have used in the past, I find Van Doorne to be more thorough and offer far better value. The partners are far more involved and invested in transactions and the teams are smaller but no less efficient.’

‘Angelique Thiele is one of the best lawyers I have worked with; she is commercially focused and does not leave a stone unturned.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank



Barings /MassMutual


Berlin Hyp AG

Canada Life



DK Davidson Kempner

Edmond de Rothschild REIM

Deutsche Hypo, NORD/LB Real Estate

DRC Savills Investment

Goldman Sachs



ING Diba

Kildare Partners

Tristan Cap

Nationale Nederlanden Investment Partners


Oldenburgische Landesbank


Patrizia AG

PGIM Real Estate

RAX Finance



Rothesay Life

Strategic Value Partners

York Capital

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen

N+P Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Dutch mutual insurance fund WSW on the design of a structure allowing Vestia (large social housing corporation) to swap its high-interest existing loan portfolio.
  • Acted for the lenders in connection with the financing of the acquisition by Apax Partners and Warburg Pincus LLC of T-Mobile Netherlands, consisting of a €2.4bn term loan and revolving facility and a €1.35bn bond financing.
  • Advised Barings/MassMutual on an office and mixed-use development financing for the Amsterdam Rembrandtpark Area provided to Roundhill.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 2

Described as ‘dynamic with profound knowledge of the sector’, Van Doorne’s construction team sits within the firm’s multi-disciplinary real estate team, with clients across core sectors including commercial real estate and housing, hospitals and healthcare, housing corporations and retail. The team has capacity for contentious construction disputes with practice head, Mark Moolhuizen, including ICC proceedings on FIDIC issues. Moolhuizen is also experienced in PPPs, tendering, commercial leasing and project development. Senior associate Jordie Bakker has exposure to domestic and international construction projects, advising developers and investors across the core real estate and construction sectors.

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‘Customer-oriented, easily accessible, professional, connects with developments in the market.’

‘Skilled individuals, pleasant people to work with.’

‘A dedicated team, professional and available. Dynamic with profound knowledge of the sector. High quality of service.’

‘Mark Moolhuizen is dedicated, available and hands-on. He is very experienced, professional, has in depth knowledge of the sector and works very hard to achieve the best results for his client however always taking into account fair deal making. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Knowledgeable, to the point, astute’ Mark Moolhuizen is able to provide advice that gives direction to the discussion in a way that, while he is on ‘your’ side, gives a pragmatic solution for all parties involved. Together with Jordie Bakker he can bring a concept agreement back to the core without taking a risk of not covering all relevant topics’

‘Mark Moolhuizen with his team has excellent knowledge about construction processes and the potential liabilities of parties within these processes.’

‘The team is very well equipped to advise us on issues relating to every aspect of construction. Their way of working can be described in finding a solution which suits the client. This demands knowledge of the business and your customer.’ 

Key clients


Zalmhaven C.V.

Maarsen Groep


Xior Student Housing NV

Care Property Invest NV


Tergooi Hospital

Dutch City Developments

Triginta Real Estate Fund

Stebru and Altera





ISU (International School of Utrecht)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Zalmhaven CV in the drafting and negotiation of all construction contracts in respect of the development and realisation of the Zalmhaven Tower in Rotterdam.
  • Advised as part of a cross-practice group advising LIFE NV (a Belgian developer) on preparations for the development, construction, and sale of the ‘Stationspostgebouw’ building in The Hague.
  • Advise Tergooi MC on all its real estate developments and construction projects in relation to the new main hospital location in Hilversum, the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Van Doorne‘s dual partner-led arbitration practice represents clients from a range of industries in high-value and cross-border arbitration cases. Co-head Rogier Schellaars specialises in commercial and investment claims, including post M&A, joint venture and finance matters. Schellaars also focuses on disputes in the energy sector, acting for and against sovereign states. Engaged in intra-EU BIT matters, co-head Bas van Zelst is also active in combined investment, construction and energy disputes. The group’s caseload also includes disputes concerning the media, pharmaceutical, food and agriculture sectors.

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‘Impressive expertise in international investment arbitration; deep technical expertise combined with solid commercial instincts; excellent risk/reward analysis; very clear memos, and excellent presentations to the Board. The firm is equally sought after by defending governments as by claimants, which helps in motivating Governments to settle.’

‘The lawyers have an impressive understanding of the cost-benefit rationale underpinning these sensitive processes. Bas Van Zelst and Rogier Schellekens deserve a special mention for their client focused engagement.’

‘I think that what sets them apart is that they can make very commercial judgment calls and can articulate their reasons for advising on a certain course of action.’

‘The team was also able to get up to speed very quickly on a very complicated dispute which had been going on for 5 years, and they were able to spot issues and facts which the previous Dutch law firm was not able to.’

‘Rogier Schellaars sees the big picture. He is well versed in international arbitration but knows the intricacies of local litigation practice in the Netherlands and how the two affect each other.’

‘Focused, solution oriented, and to the point. Good quality services and brought in a straightforward manner. Down to earth approach, strong credibility as a result.’

‘Rogier Schellaars is knowledgeable and a no-nonsense professional. Clear in communication, creative in approach and aggressive when necessary. Very much appreciated.’

Key clients

GeoSolutions B.V.

Czech Republic

Mr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf Bahgat

PanAmericana Television S.A.

Heerema Marine Contractors

Royal Agrifirm Group

Work highlights

  • Representing GeoSolutions B.V. in a technology joint venture dispute concerning the Weibo and the geolocation software connected.
  • Represented Mr. Bahgat in set aside and enforcement actions in the Netherlands courts against the Republic of Egypt.
  • Representing Panamericana Televisión S.A. in arbitral proceedings against the Republic of Peru.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

With the recent arrival of liability law, procedural law and class actions specialist Daan Beenders from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in October 2022, Van Doorne continues to enhance its offering – adding a new dimension to its heritage insurance and liability focused specialisms. Practice head Jasper Leedekerken represents leading national and international clients in a broad range of civil liability issues, including contract, tort and securities claims. Sjoerd Kamerbeek is the key contact for governance, shareholder and post-M&A disputes. Commercial litigator Lisette Bieleveld works on distribution, franchise, agency, product liability and consumer law disputes; she also handles e-commerce and IT litigation. Professional liability claims are a core area for Simone Hoogeveen.

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‘For me, Sjoerd Kamerbeek stands out. Young but already very experienced and with a respectable profile in the market. He provides very good strategy and is able to make compromises in the best interest of his client if and when needed. He has the ability to act rapidly and decisively in litigation if and when needed. I greatly respect him for his work ethos.’

‘Jasper Leedekerken is an excellent lawyer, who can keep the overview even in large and complex cases and thinks along with the client on strategy at a high level.’

‘Daan Beenders has been one of our most trusted advisers for more than 10 years. He has a deep understanding of our business and of our commercial needs. He is a highly intelligent, effective and pragmatic lawyer who never loses sight of the bigger picture involved. In addition, he is a lot of fun to work with.’

‘Sjoerd Kamerbeek is an excellent skilled lawyer with a sharp eye for business needs.’

‘Simone Hoogeveen is a hands-on, pragmatic thinker, who is considerate about the clients’ interests and wishes, which makes her a very reliable and pleasant sparring partner.’

 It is extremely pleasant to work with Jasper Leedekerken and his team. They are always cooperative and responsive. With Jasper’s extensive litigation experience, he brings a lot of streetwise-ness to the courtroom.’

‘Daan Benders is very responsive and reliable. He has a pragmatic approach, which is very helpful.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Funda in proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber with respect to its discussions with its major shareholder, the Dutch Association of Real Estate Agents (NVM).
  • Representing The Dutch State Lottery in proceedings initiated by various class action claimants and individual consumers, including Loterijverlies.
  • Advised Innsworth Advisors Ltd. on legal proceedings against Steinhoff Holdings N.V.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 2

Van Doorne offers a wide range of services covering both EU and domestic competition law, including competition litigation. The firm is well versed in foreign direct investment reviews and frequently advises on both EU and Dutch matters. The team has also adopted a focus on sustainability in relation to competition policy aligning with the trajectory adopted by Dutch competition authorities. The team, led by Sarah Beeston and Gijs Verberne, is engaged in several active ACM investigations. Senior associate Nina Korstenbroek is notable for her work in M&A transactions and cases relating to vertical restraints restrictions.

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‘Very strong and diversified team under the excellent leadership of Sarah Beeston. They combine a very thorough legal analysis with a hands-on approach and are very nice to work with.’

‘We work in particular with Sarah Beeston and Nina Korstenbroek. They form an incredibly strong team, always available and excellent, very thorough and efficient work.’

‘Great and broad knowledge of the field. Seeing all sides of the issue. Thinking and working with the commercial people, but keeping the legal mind in check.’

‘Sarah Beeston understands the people and the issues. Gets to the point quickly, knows her way around the board room and has deep knowledge of this field of law and experience in litigation, negotiations and advice.’

‘Very professional, clear and timely communication.’

‘Easy to reach. Excellent training possibilities for legal counsels. Very flexible when it comes to deadlines etc. All relevant knowledge in house.’

‘Sarah Beeston: very approachable, tons of experience in the field of European competition and state aid law.’

‘Pim Jansen: very practical. A lot of knowledge when it comes to case law etc. in the field of European competition law and state aid law.’

Key clients

King Street Capital Management

CPTF Optronics (Chunghwa)


Port of Rotterdam

NL Mental Care


Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center

NPM Capital


Dutch Tax Authority

Gilde Healthcare Partners

Casio Benelux B.V.

Volkswagen PON Financial Services

National Social Housing Guarantee Fund Foundation (WSW)






Work highlights

  • Advised King Street Capital Management on the litigation risks of a potential investment in specific cartel litigation, taking account of the laws of the various jurisdictions involved.
  • Successfully defended a (former) portfolio company of Nimbus by a claim by a former parent seeking redress for an ACM fine imposed on it in its capacity as controlling parent.
  • Advising the Port of Rotterdam on complex state aid and competition law questions which arise in relation to its commitment to sustainability projects.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Van Doorne’s multi-disciplinary healthcare and life sciences team handles traditional regulatory and litigation matters in the pharmaceutical arena and data protection and IT in the digital health-tech space for domestic and international clients. Healthcare law expert Willemien Bischot supports hospitals and healthcare providers with matters relating to the elderly and special needs space in complying with regulations. Bischot is entrusted with a full range of mandates, including financing, corporate governance and M&A. Life sciences specialist Dimitri van Hoewijk advises private equity firms, suppliers and manufacturers of medicinal products, start-ups and medical devices companies on M&A. Counsel Louis Jonker assists clients in the healthcare industry with IT and outsourcing projects. Healthcare providers entrust Steven Sterk with employment law matters, including reorganisations and dismissals. Corporate law focused duo Nick Suurmond and Siego Boslooper and tax lawyer Danielle Westerhoff are key supporting associates.


‘Expert, fast and always willing to get in touch to find a solution for complex issues.’

‘Skilled in translating complex legal issues quickly and adequately in clear language for us as a client.’

‘The various specializations make a unique blend. I never have to ask for specific expertise or knowledge, they are available without asking.’

‘Most lawyers at Van Doorne do not use ‘lawyer speak’ when discussing a case; there is always a ‘human touch’ and soft skills which makes it nice for opposing parties to have a conversation with them.’

‘Van Doorne has in-depth knowledge about the health sector, competent staff, prompt in scheduling appointments and has authority’

‘Willemien Bischot has played a crucial role in a difficult negotiation about the transfer of one of our units to another organisation.’

‘They have an inner circle healthcare team that closely cooperates with dedicated lawyers from all practice groups. It is never necessary to explain to them what is relevant for health care institutions. They are smart, clever, knowledgeable and deliver.’

‘Willemien Bischot is the prominent lawyer of the health care practice. Easy to reach, very hands on, knows all the relevant people and institutions, very smart, a top lawyer and an ideal account manager.’

Key clients

Academisch Medisch Centrum




Gelre Ziekenhuizen

GGZ InGeest




MKA Groep


NPM Capital


‘s Heeren Loo

Result Laboratory

VU Medisch Centrum

Work highlights

  • Advised VieCuri Medisch Centrum and Laurentius Ziekenhuis on all legal aspects of a joint effort to keep emergency care available 24/7 in their region.
  • Advised long-term care providers InteraktContour Groep and Stichting Boogh on their merger with a larger competitor.
  • Continued to advise the two academic hospitals in Amsterdam, VUmc and AMC, on their collaboration and merger.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

Experienced specialist in IP law Kriek Wille heads Van Doorne‘s IP and media team. Wille not only advises international TV producers and global production companies in IP disputes but also represents clients in unfair competition cases, publicity, advertisement and sponsorship mandates. As a skilled practitioner in M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, Meltem Koning-Gungormez  advises corporates and financial institutions involved in the media sector on the impact of investments, acquisitions and divestments. Associate Dominique Geerts is an integral support to clients dealing with media-related IP disputes.

Practice head(s):


‘The team operates on a highly professional level and also brings good spirits and energy to the table. The invoices are more than reasonable.’

‘Kriek Wille is a very experienced lawyer and a great person to work with. Kriek is very reliable and accurate.’

‘Van Doorne offered a balanced, collaborative team that helped me achieve my litigation needs with the right expertise and experience and price point.’

‘Each member of the three-member team brought a unique expertise to the table and did so in a personable and efficient way. Their flexible and responsive approach made it a pleasure.’

‘Kriek Wille, Melanie de Boer and Hanne van t’Klooster help us deal with regulatory issues. The team is also very international and provides quick advice with a very professional approach at good fees.’

‘Kriek Wille is an experienced lawyer in the entertainment and media field with a very human approach and with a good sense of all interests involved.’

‘Kriek Wille is a pleasure to work with. She understands the clients’ needs. She strives for an efficient and optimal solution for the client.’

‘Kriek Wille is an outstanding and strategic litigator. She sees the big picture, takes thoughtful care of the details, and forms excellent teams. Kriek’s advice is always on-point and extremely helpful. Her advocacy skills in the courtroom or in an arbitration setting are exceptional.’

Key clients

Bertram Group Limited


Durabo B.V.

Erdee Media Group

Influencer Marketing Agency

Keesing Media Group

LG Electronics

Medialane Theater B.V.

Medialane TV B.V.


MOAM Foundation

Morenso International

Nederlandse Loterij

NENT Studios

Platform Media Adviesbureaus

Stardust Holding B.V.

Stichting Cliniclowns

Tele2 Works Council

Telegraaf Media Group


The Player Management


Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam

Unitel International Holding

Vidcon (online videoconferencing)

Vous Hotels & Retreats

Dasso Group


The Green Happiness

Tony’s Chocolonely

The Walt Disney Company

Work highlights

  • Representing book publisher Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam in and ourtside court in longrunning litigation concerning an allegedly unlawful journalistic publication.
  • Advising a large international content producer on various matters including elements of its IP policy and on several acquisitions.
  • Advised the management of Keesing Media Group in the company’s buy-out by BC Partners

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

Bringing together transactional, notarial, tenancy and real estate related tax advice, Van Doorne offers clients cross-practice expertise. Jan van der Grinten, Jeanette Ozinga and senior associate, Jutta Wijmans recently joined the firm, strengthening its administrative and public law capacity. Focusing on logistics, residential, office, distressed real estate and hospitals, the practice is led by Annerie Ploumen, Ariën van Heesen, Mark Moolhuizen, Rob de Win and Steffen Alleman. Senior associate Jordie Bakker is a key member of the group, covering construction law and project development alongside real estate transactions.


‘Very well organised and coordinated legal and tax advisory.’

‘Lead advisory manager is outstanding. Very well-structured and entrepreneurial.’

Key clients



Clarion Partners

Edmond De Rothschild

M7 Real Estate

Melcombe Partners

Patrizia AG

Tristan Capital

Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis

W.P. Carey

JPI Hospitality Investors Club

Xior Student Housing

Care Property Invest

Europa Capital

Stichting Tergooi


Frasers Property Industrial

TPG Real Estate, LLP

abrdn (formerly named: Aberdeen Standard Life)

SADC – Schiphol Area Development Company

DCD – Dutch City Development


Maarsen Groep


Aareal Bank AG

Hyde Park


Stebru / Altera


Blue Bell

M.J. de Nijs

Valerius (De Jong Groep)


Work highlights

  • Advised DEEN on an agreement with Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt, relating to the proposed sale of all 80 store branches of DEEN Supermarkten to these three parties.
  • Advised Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis on the sale and partial leaseback of four office and hospital buildings.
  • Advising AM on an array of property law aspects with regard to the Bajeskwartier redevelopment project in Amsterdam, including advising on the property law structuring of the project and the related park management arrangements and entities.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The recent partner promotions of Joost Volkers and Jelmer Baukema has bolstered the offering of Van Doorne’s finance and restructuring practice. The team advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a focus on large-scale transactional restructurings. The firm’s litigation department has a track record advising on professional liability claims, and the restructuring expertise of the firm’s senior partners is accredited to their strong finance background and an increased capacity for complex creditor and financing arrangements. The team is regularly engaged by hedge funds, financial institutions and distressed debt investors, often concerning cross-border mandates. Practice head Stefan van Rossum acts on both the lender and borrower side of financial restructurings, and Jelmer Baukema was promoted to partner in January 2023.

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Other key lawyers:


‘The team is solid and knowledgeable. The people make the team distinct and diversity is strong.’

‘Stefan van Rossum is trustworthy, creative and very knowledgeable lawyer. Pleasant to work with. Gives clients comfort and thinks several steps ahead.’

‘What makes Van Doorne unique is that they are always available and always up to date with the latest developments in legal practice, such as the latest case law and literature. They charge a reasonable price. It is in proportion to the quality they deliver. They always have a whole team ready to give advice. The people are friendly and sharp, ask questions and are excellent and fast in analysing a problem and deliver us advice.’

‘Very committed team and partner involvement, very knowledgeable in their sector and on their peers.’

Key clients

Aluminium Delfzijl (Aldel)


Aurelius Finance



Davidson Kempner

Fidera Vecta

Innsworth Advisors Limited

JNE Partners

King Street


Nordic Trustee


SeaMex Group

Vue Cinemas

Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw

York Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Vue Cinemas on a EUR 1bn cross-border debt restructuring involving a combination of English law and Dutch law restructuring instruments.
  • Advised Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw (WSW) on the EUR 1.8bn restructuring of Vestia and two EUR 700m and EUR 120m disputes against the Dutch State concerning restructuring subsidies.
  • Advised Aurelius Finance Company on the debt restructuring of Office Depot through the recently introduced Dutch Scheme.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Van Doorne‘s borrower-side practice is well-placed to advise Dutch and international investors, public sector entities, and companies active in the transport, energy and retail sectors, among others. Real estate and development finance is a particular strength for the team, due in large part to the specialisation of Angelique Thiele. She leads the practice alongside the firm’s restructuring and insolvency head Stefan van Rossum, whose expertise includes leveraged finance, project finance and asset-based lending. Further reflective of the team’s abilities, Roel Botter has a strong track record in Dutch healthcare finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Edmond de Rothschild REIM

DRC Savills Investment

Goldman Sachs

Kildare Partners


Nationale Nederlanden Investment Partners

Patrizia AG

PGIM Real Estate


Rothesay Life

York Capital

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen

N+P Group




Clarion (Gramercy)



Tristan CAP




Work highlights

  • Advised Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen on the amendment and restatement of its STS (Regulation (EU) 2017/2402) compliant securitisation funding structure effected in partnership with two major international investment banks.
  • Advised McArthurGlen on the €356m refinancing of its outlet centres in Roermond and Roosendaal the Netherlands with Allianz and PBB.
  • Advised N+P Group on several financings (acquisitions loan, convertible loan, working capital) taken out by N+P’s new investor/shareholder.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Jelmer Baukema, Daan Horsthuis and Neyah van der Aa head the financial services regulatory practice at Van Doorne. The multidisciplinary team is noted for its expertise in alternative finance and securities, where it is active in matters involving market entry, product development and ongoing compliance for banks and other financial clients. In addition, the firm advises fund/asset managers and institutional investors (including pension funds and insurance companies) on Dutch and European regulations, such as AIFMD, UCITS and MiFID. Other key drivers of work include anti-money laundering, sanctions and market abuse matters, as well as regulatory investigations and litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen


North Peak Capital Management



Candriam Investors Group

MFS Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringenin on the launch of its new investment fund, the major amendment of the securitisation structure, and its application for an ECSP licence.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Van Doorne delivers a ‘top service to clients’ across the financial services, technology, energy, food and beverages, automotive and retail sectors, and counts mid-market M&A, public-to-private and joint ventures in its workload. Jeroen Sombezki leads the practice and has experience advising on deals in the TMT sector, in addition to restructuring and corporate governance matters, while Onno Boerstra acts for domestic and foreign companies, as well as investors, on cross-border and buyout transactions. Hugo Reumkens, who is praised as ‘an authority on corporate governance and provides well-balanced advice’, is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):


‘Small but highly efficient and communicative team.’

‘Excellent work done by Meltem Koning and associate Hanne van ‘t Klooster. Hands on, responsive and provides great advice.’

‘Short turn around, great availability, practical and implementable advice.’

‘The Van Doorne team is able to draw on a diverse group of specialists from different legal areas in order to provide advice on a specific issue.’

‘Hugo Reumkens is an authority on corporate governance and provides well-balanced advice. Moreover, he is a strategist on how to conduct the (negotiation) process. He keeps calm, even under great pressure.’

‘Great team providing top service to clients and getting deals done.’

‘Steffen Alleman is the best M&A lawyer in the Dutch market. His proactive and pragmatic approach, combined with his knowledge of clients and the market, enables him to create superior value. He is in a league of his own.’

Key clients

bunq Holding B.V.

Lilium GmbH

Cigna Corporation

Viaro Energy

Raben Group

EasyPark AB


Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

Fortum Holding B.V.

Stern Groep N.V.

Section 32 Fund 1 LP

Target Global

Estari Ltd, Invest-NL Capital N.V., Quadia SA

Getir B.V.

Launch! Holding B.V.

Holland Food Compounds Beheer B.V.

Tim van der Bilt Beheer B.V.

Volkswagen Pon Financial Services B.V.

Port of Rotterdam

TenneT TSO B.V.

Stedin Holding B.V.

Dunea N.V.

Artic Terminal

Friesland Campina

Work highlights

  • Advising Lilium GmbH on the corporate aspects of its IPO.
  • Advising Cigna Corporation in connection with the sale of its life, accident, and supplemental benefits businesses in Asia Pacific and Turkey to Chubb.
  • Advising DEEN on an agreement with AH, Vomar and DekaMarkt on the sale of DEEN supermarkets.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

Responsible, knowledgeable and business oriented’, Van Doorne’s growing employment practice covers a broad range of matters, with specific strength in pensions. Sijbren Kuiper, who was recently promoted to partner, leads the pensions team, advising and representing pension funds, financial market authorities and corporate clients, while  Cara Pronk, another new partner, specialises in both domestic and international labour law. Following the retirement of Els de WindMarjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk lead the practice. Lips focuses on co-determination, investigations, restructurings and M&A, and Sterk specialises in advising on executives and workers’ participation, including works council consultations and negotiations.

Practice head(s):


‘Very knowledgeable practice and always responsive to urgent matters. They do not provide lengthy advice notes but seek out the commercial issues and provide practical solutions that clients can work with.’

‘They have a personal approach, taking into account the level of experience on the client’s side. They really team up with the client.’

‘Marjolijn Lips really listens and her advice is always tailor made and hands on. She really understands the professional needs of her clients.’

‘We have worked with Marjolijn Lips, Victor Gielen and Niels van Boekel. All three of them have shown a very personal and not too formal approach. At the same time, they were very good at illustrating the full context of the case and making sure we understood the impact and consequences of the different scenarios.’

‘The team I worked with was able to understand my legal challenges in a foreign setting. They proved to be flexible in their strategy and advice, continuously adapting to new circumstances. The team understood the art of tactics within a legal framework.’

‘Steven Sterk understands the issue, asks further questions and seeks to understand the daily practice and problems of the client. He does not only provide legal advice, but also advice that takes into account the context of the organisation.’

‘The team is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and business oriented. They deliver high standards of advice with an open, personal approach.’

‘Cara Pronk is hands-on, sharp and solution oriented. She is an excellent sparring partner, with an exceptional ability to find practical solutions for complex legal issues. Sijbren Kuiper is highly knowledgeable, responsive, and able to analyse legal issues thoroughly from a business perspective.’

Key clients


Ascend Performance Materials



Central Works Council of LeasePlan

D.O.R.C (Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre)






ITV Plc.




Mogelijk B.V.


Pensionfund Metal Sector (PME)

Pensionfund PostNL


Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/E)


Work highlights

  • Acting for the Mac United foundation, which represents approximately 100 former Martinair pilots, in a collective action against KLM/AirFrance.
  • Advising the central works council of LeasePlan on its position in relation to the intended merger between ALD (a subsidiary of Societe Generale SA) and LeasePlan Corporation.
  • Appointed by the mandatory sector-wide pension fund for the furniture and timber trade sector as its legal adviser for employer and employee-related matters.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 3

Léone Klapwijk is the regulatory specialist in Van Doorne‘s energy, industry and renewables practice, which she co-leads alongside litigator and arbitrator Rogier Schellaars and corporate partner Hugo Reumkens. Praised for its ‘good sector knowledge and pragmatic approach‘, the team advises on issues relating to mining, renewables, hydrogen, and sustainable heating.

Other key lawyers:


‘The team represents a niche market and is well aware of the developments in the energy market. The team is good at translating this into the impact for the client and advises on the (im)possibilities this entails. The office thoroughly immerses itself in the client’s organisation and can therefore provide good tailor-made solutions with practical and useful advice.’

‘The team has good sector knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’

‘Listens carefully to the customer and the needs. Responds promptly and adequately and also provides unsolicited advice. Also good value for money.’

‘Short turn around, great availability, practical and easy implementable advice, fair fees, willingness to use alternative fee arrangements.’

‘Léone Klapwijk is an experienced energy lawyer with ample sector knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’

‘Victor van Ahee is a very strong addition to the team, bringing experience as well as a commercial and pragmatic focus.’

‘Van Doorne’s key value lies in their all-round capabilities, covering the entire energy industry. In our industry there are no simple solutions, so when Van Doorne brings the wideness of their team to the table, that is very helpful.’

‘Victor van Ahee is newly added to this team, but he is already a great adviser to lean on. Victor is an experienced adviser in the industry on energy and environmental complexities and good to work with.’

Key clients

Port of Rotterdam

TenneT TSO B.V.

Stedin Holding B.V.

Rotterdam Municipality

Warmtebedrijf Holding B.V.

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE

Energie Coöperatie KetelhuisWG U.A.


Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis

Ennatuurlijk B.V.

Dunea N.V.

Friesland Campina N.V.

Brabant Water

Provincie Flevoland

RockRose Energy Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Rotterdam Municipality as 97 per cent shareholder of Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam on the sale of the Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam to Vattenfall.
  • Assisting BioMCN, a producer of bio methanol, in an administrative procedure on the qualification of certain biofuels and production methods in front of the Administrative Division of the Council of State.
  • Advising Ennatuurlijk B.V. on a legal procedure pertaining to an enforcement request under the Heat Act by a group of heat consumers, represented by a foundation, the ‘Stichting Reeshofwarmte’.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 3

The energy, industry and renewables team at Van Doorne is led by Léone Klapwijk, Rogier Schellaars, and Hugo Reumkens, and has experience of project development and corporate M&A. Schellaars is strong in dispute resolution and arbitration, while Reumkens is well regarded for corporate deals. The firm further strengthened its transactional offering with the October 2022 hire of Diederik Maessen.

Other key lawyers:

Diederik Maessen; Deborah Nizamoeddin; Victor van Ahee


‘Van Doorne’s key value lies in their all-round capabilities, covering the entire energy industry. In this industry there are no simple solutions, so when Van Doorne brings the breadth of their team to the table, that is very helpful.’

‘Victor van Ahee is newly added to this team, but he is already a great adviser to lean on. Victor is an experienced adviser in the industry on energy and environmental complexities, and good to work with.’


Key clients

Port of Rotterdam

TenneT TSO B.V.

Stedin Holding B.V.

Warmtebedrijf Holding B.V.

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE

Artic Terminal

Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis

Ennatuurlijk B.V.

Dunea N.V.

Friesland Campina N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Rotterdam Municipality as 97 per cent shareholder of Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam with the sale of the Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam to Vattenfall.
  • Advised RockRose (NL) CS5 B.V., a subsidiary of Viaro Energy, on the partial takeover of the licences F5/F4a East in the Dutch North Sea from the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij B.V. (NAM), owned by Shell and ExxonMobil.
  • Advised Port of Rotterdam on its current governance structure, including the duties and powers of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board and the information obligations towards both Port of Rotterdam’s shareholders, in view of the energy transition and the strategic transactions and collaborations arising from it and related to it.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 3

Van Doorne has experience across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP mandates. The firm’s IP specialists regularly collaborate with other teams to work with clients in the fintech, healthtech and mediatech spaces. Leading the IP practice, Kriek Wille is as a trusted advisor and litigator for large international enterprises in sectors ranging from media to retail and technology. Heading the patent and trade secrets team, Bas Pinckaers deals with EU trade mark and design rights matters. Dominique Geerts is experienced in media and traditional IP law.

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‘Excellent practical and pragmatic advice. The department goes one step beyond normal Q&A work and advising on key strategies and structures.’

‘Kriek Wille is a well-seasoned, solution oriented and excellent sparring partner.’

‘This is a great IP team within a big firm. It has the advantage of being outstanding in IP whilst at the same time being able to put it in context and keeping an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘They give very good to excellent legal advice. They are not afraid to say at a meeting that they don’t have an answer to a complicated question, and will do some research before providing a detailed answer.’

‘Kriek Wille is an excellent lawyer. She is responsive and will always give very practical advice, simultaneously mentioning other possibilities.’

‘Kriek Wille is an outstanding professional. Originally an IP litigator, she is very much capable of translating her excellent technical and market knowledge into the advisory area, which is a real asset.’

Key clients

Tony’s Chocolonely

MacGregor Cargotec Corporation (Cargotec OYJ)

Getir Netherlands B.V.

Air Supplies B.V.

The Walt Disney Company

Schwan Stabilo

Morenso International B.V.

Crisp B.V.

Enermax Technology Corp. and Coolergiant GmbH

Friedrich Ossenberg-Schule & Söhne GmbH. & Co. KG;

Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam

Erdee Media Groep

Accell Group NV



Rockstars IT

Xero Shoes





Arovo NV

Plastic Soup Foundation

Work highlights

  • Representing public company MacGregor/Cargotec in and out of court in various complex proceedings in a case involving copyright, slavish imitation and trade secrets law.
  • Assisting an international listed company in drafting and implementing an IP policy that covers its international e-bike and bicycle companies.
  • Handles all IP matters for Crisp BV, a Dutch online retailer, covering a wide spectrum of copyright and trade mark law, advertising and product law, licensing and unfair competition issues.

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 3

The investment management team at Van Doorne has rapidly developed with the arrival of practice heads Daan Horsthuis and Harm-Paul Plas from Houthoff, and more recently senior associate Elise Stormmesand. The team now offers fund structuring and investment management services as well as related tax advice, specifically on private equity and venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate and funds-of-funds, and has experience representing both institutional investors and fund/asset managers.

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‘The ‘new’ investment management team of Van Doorne has all the relevant knowledge at hand to address any regulatory concerns that we may have as a large asset and fund manager in the Dutch market, and therefore under strict supervision by the Dutch regulators. Their up-to-date knowledge of the industry and any new regulatory requirements together with their proactive approach is much appreciated by our organisation. Furthermore, their services are rendered at competitive prices.’

‘Daan Horsthuis is very skilfull, has detailed knowledge of financial law applicable to, inter alia, Dutch fund and asset managers, and uses his knowledge in a very pragmatic and ‘client-friendly’ way. We feel in very good hands knowing that Daan is always available for any urgent issues we may face.’

‘Harm-Paul Plas has great knowledge of transition- and asset management services and accommodates our organisation by drafting and negotiating state-of-the-art agreements. Furthermore, we experience our day-to-day relationship with both Daan and Harm-Paul as very pleasant and informal. We could not wish for any better legal advisors.’

‘I have worked with Van Doorne on finalising a fiduciary management agreement and I was impressed by their up to date knowledge of the industry in general and on specific rules and regulations in particular.’

‘Harm-Paul has the unique combination of being commercial and practical when possible and being firm and determined when necessary.’

Key clients

Candriam Asset Management (previously Dexia Asset Management)

Mogelijk Fondsenbeheer

Synergia Capital Partners

Rubio Impact Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advising Candriam, an asset manager in Europe, on all Dutch regulatory matters and the set-up of its investment/fund management structure in the Netherlands and the registration, marketing and distribution of investment funds in the Netherlands.
  • Drafting and negotiating fund documentation for newly established (private equity, venture capital, real estate, loan etc.) investment funds for both licensed and sub-threshold managers.
  • Advising one of the largest pension funds in the Netherlands in relation to its investments in various investment fund structures as well on drafting and negotiating the legal documentation of its outsourced asset management, fund management and fiduciary and other advisory services.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Led by Angelique Thiele and Roel Botter, the project finance team at Van Doorne sits within the wider real estate practice and combines expertise across development, construction, commercial and residential property transactions. Clients include real estate companies and developers, as well as financial institutions and international investors active in the Dutch property finance market. The practice has worked on PPP projects specifically related to the areas of infrastructure and urban renewal, and has been particularly involved in public sector financing related to healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


DRC Savills IM

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Deutsche Hypo, NORD/LB


Rax Finance

Berlin Hyp AG



Patrizia AG



Amsterdam UMC

Radboud UMC

Leiden UMC

Maastricht UMC




Tristan CAP

Work highlights

  • Advised Barings/MassMutual on an office and mixed-use development financing for the Amsterdam Rembrandtpark Area provided to Roundhill, including different layered ownership structures being in place with respect to this project towards facilitating further developments in the surrounding area.
  • Advising BerlinHyp in relation to a residential development financing for VolkerWessels/Reggeborgh at Naritaweg, concerning the redevelopment of the well-known previous FNV trade union headquarter.
  • Advised Hamburg Commercial Bank on a EUR 110.5m redevelopment financing for Highbrook, including the redevelopment of NH Hotel Utrecht, ING South Netherlands head quarters and a large shopping outlet center in the south of the Netherlands let to Albert Heijn.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

The tax department at Van Doorne has wide-ranging corporate expertise, covering cross-border M&A, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity transactions. With demonstrable experience in the healthcare and life sciences, TMT and real estate sectors, the team is well-placed to handle matters concerning corporate income tax, dividend withholding tax, VAT, and real estate transfer tax. The practice frequently collaborates with the firm’s banking and finance group to advise on the tax aspects of various financial products. Team leader Rob de Win focuses on indirect and real estate tax-related matters, and Jan Roeland is another key contact in the group.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Care Property Invest NV

Cofinimmo NV/SA (Belgium) – Superstone NV (Netherlands)

Corre Energy

Holland Food Compounds Beheer B.V.

Crossroads Real Estate

EasyPark AB

Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

TPG Real Estate

Blue Wonder

Raben Group

JPI Hospitality Investors Club

Xior Student Housing NV

Work highlights

  • Advised Care Property Invest NV on all aspects of its tax and corporate structuring (mainly CIT and DWT), and also on the tax aspects of the acquisition and development of its investments in the Dutch market over the course of 2021.
  • Advising DEEN on an agreement with Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt, relating to the proposed sale of 80 store branches of DEEN Supermarkten to these three parties.
  • Acted for Raben Group, a European all-round logistical service provider, on its acquisition of Bas Group.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 4

Noted for its expertise across the technology, food and beverages, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, real estate and retail sectors, Van Doorne’s ‘experience of representing management teams in private equity transactions is invaluable’. Jeroen Sombezki leads the team and focuses on M&A, management buyouts and buy-ins, as well as public takeovers. Onno Boerstra, who advises on management buyouts and cross-border transactions, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is not only knowledgeable and experienced, but also very pragmatic.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki is a true gem and a strong negotiator.’

‘Very well organised and coordinated team.’

‘Ability to think outside the box to achieve the results and good understanding of what is important to the client.’

‘Steffen Alleman is a standout partner.’

‘The PE practice at Van Doorne has been responsive, producing quality deliverables and are cost conscious.’

‘Good cooperation between the members of the team and with other law firms. Experience of representing management teams in private equity transactions is invaluable.’

‘Knowledgeable, aware of our key drivers and concerns, proactive and hard-working.’

Key clients


AAC Capital

Atomico Ventures


BC Partners

Group Alpha



Deutsche Privatae Equity

Lion Capital

Nedvest Capital

Altor Equity Partners

Nordic Capital

NPM Capital



Intermediate Capital Group


Invest NL

Estari Group


Fidelio Capital

Navora Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Getir on (i) its $700m Series D fundraising backed by large private equity and technology investment funds, (ii) its $300m Series C fundraise let by Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global, (ii) its $128m Series B fundraise, and (iv) its $40m Series A fundraise.
  • Advising CCL Industries Inc. on the acquisition of another horticultural market specialist for its Avery unit from HAL Invest.
  • Advising Navitas Capital on its acquisition of Multi-Fix group (HQ in the Netherlands and operations in the Netherlands and China) and management’s roll-over.

Netherlands > Environment and planning

Van Doorne has expanded its environment and planning offering with notable hires, including Jeanette Ozinga in March 2022 and Jan van der Grinten, who arrived from Kennedy Van der Laan in April 2022, joining team co-heads Cees Kniestedt and Ingeborg Wind-Middel.

The firm:

Van Doorne is a multi-service leading independent Dutch law firm. With approximately 220 lawyers, Van Doorne has been advising clients for more than 90 years in a broad range of legal expertise. The firm’s lawyers are internationally recognised as leading experts, both in their area of practice and industries in which they operate. Van Doorne is part of an extensive worldwide network of other leading, independent firms. This enables the firm to provide clients with advice and assistance swiftly across the globe, independently.

Van Doorne’s mission is to empower people and organisations and to work on responsible, permanent solutions. This is reflected throughout the firm. From the way in which lawyers work together to the ngo’s and non profit organisations that are supported by the firm. Van Doorne ‘reaches further and stays close’. That is, first and foremost, the firm’s promise to its clients but also to its partners, associates and young talent.

International work: The firm is proud of its Dutch client base, which comprises large and medium-sized companies, banks, insurance companies, semi-public government institutions and Dutch subsidiaries of foreign enterprises. Van Doorne is also well known for its international practice, serving a large number of international clients, particularly from the UK and the US. The majority of transactional work carried out by the banking and corporate teams (including tax) is cross border. The independent status of Van Doorne provides it with a great opportunity to work with the best-equipped law firms in other countries. Over the past decades, the firm has maintained close working relationships with leading law firms in all important jurisdictions from all over the world.

Clients: Van Doorne works for prominent Dutch and international companies, business and financial service providers, semi-public organisations and government institutions. Van Doorne aims to maintain long-term relationships with its clients. The firm has been working with most of them for many years, and that is something to be very proud of.

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Managing partner: Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Management team: Sjoerd Kamerbeek together with Daan ter Braak and Anouk Rutten
Number of partners worldwide: 52
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 220
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Bas van Zelst
Arbitration Rogier Schellaars
Commercial Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Onno Boerstra
Corporate Law Onno Boerstra
Corporate Law Hugo Reumkens
Corporate Law Jeroen Sombezki
Criminal Defence & Investigations Jan Leliveld
Criminal Defence & Investigations Ed van Liere
Criminal Defence & Investigations Neyah van der Aa
Criminal Defence & Investigations Vanessa Liem
Dispute Resolution Jasper Leedekerken
Dispute Resolution Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Dispute Resolution Daan Beenders
Employment & Benefits Marjolijn Lips
Energy, Industry & Renewables Léone Klapwijk
European & Competition Law Sarah Beeston
European & Competition Law Gijs Verberne
Finance & Restructuring Roel Botter
Finance & Restructuring Stefan van Rossum
Funds & Investment Management Daan Horsthuis
Funds & Investment Management Harm-Paul Plas
Government & Education Saskia Laseur
Healthcare & Life Sciences Dimitri van Hoewijk
Healthcare & Life Sciences Willemien Bischot
Information & Communication Technology Bart van Reeken
Insurance Law Annemieke Hendrikse
Insurance Law Walter Hendriksen
Intellectual Property & Media Kriek Wille
Privacy and Data Dr Elisabeth Thole
Public Procurement Gijs Verberne
Real Estate Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate Ariën van Heesen
Real Estate Transactions Angelique Thiele
Real Estate Transactions Ariën van Heesen
Real Estate and Construction Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate and Construction Mark Moolhuizen
Tax Rob de Win
Technology, Media & Telecom Jeroen Sombezki
Technology, Media & Telecom Kriek Wille
Photo Name Position Profile
Frederike Ahlers photo Mrs Frederike Ahlers Frederike is part of the Criminal Defense & Investigations team. She mainly focuses…
Steffen Alleman photo Mr Steffen Alleman   Steffen is partner in Van Doorne’s Corporate / M&A team and…
Maarten Appels photo Mr Maarten Appels Maarten is an experienced specialist in corporate law. He has a wealth…
Jordie Bakker photo Mr Jordie Bakker Jordie Bakker (attorney at law), is a senior associate of the Real…
Jelmer Baukema photo Mr Jelmer Baukema Jelmer has become partner in the finance and restructuring practice at Van…
Daan Beenders photo Mr Daan Beenders Daan is a senior litigation partner and heads Van Doorne’s litigation team.…
Sarah Beeston photo Mrs Sarah Beeston Sarah Beeston heads the European & Competition team of Van Doorne. She…
Lisette Bieleveld photo Mrs Lisette Bieleveld Lisette is head of Van Doorne’s Commercial team. She advises and litigates…
Willemien Bischot photo Mrs Willemien Bischot Willemien heads Van Doorne’s Healthcare & and Life Sciences practice. Willemien advises…
Johan Boeren photo Mr Johan Boeren A specialist in corporate and tenancy law. Johan has a wealth of…
Onno Boerstra photo Mr Onno Boerstra Onno specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and buyouts. Several independent,…
Berber Bosch photo Mrs Berber Bosch Berber is part of the IT team. She focuses on drafting, advising…
Siego Boslooper photo Mrs Siego Boslooper Siego is an experienced specialist in corporate law and is a member…
Roel Botter photo Mr Roel Botter Roel has extensive experience in financial transactions. His experience includes acquisition finance,…
Friso Foppes photo Mr Friso Foppes Friso is an expert in corporate law. Friso specialises in particular in…
Andy Furr photo Mr Andy Furr Candidate Civil-Law Notary
Dominique Geerts photo Mrs Dominique Geerts Dominique is member of the Intellectual Property and Media team. She mainly…
Victor Gielen photo Mr Victor Gielen Victor is part of the Employment team. He advises Dutch and international…
Annemieke Hendrikse photo Mrs Annemieke Hendrikse Annemieke (LLM UCL) heads Van Doorne’s Insurance team. She works in Van…
Walter Hendriksen photo Mr Walter Hendriksen Walter Hendriksen specialises in complex issues involving director’s and officer’s liability, professional…
Simone Hoogeveen photo Mrs Simone Hoogeveen Simone is partner at Van Doorne and has a wealth of experience…
Daan Horsthuis photo Mr Daan Horsthuis Daan heads Van Doorne’s Funds & Investment Management practice group. He specialises…
Pim Jansen photo Mr Pim Jansen Pim is part of the European & Competition Law team. He specializes…
Louis Jonker photo Mr Louis Jonker Louis Jonker is a leading expert in law and technology. Louis has…
Sjoerd Kamerbeek photo Mr Sjoerd Kamerbeek As corporate law specialist, Sjoerd advises and litigates for internationally renowned clients…
Léone Klapwijk photo Mrs Léone Klapwijk Léone’s principal areas of practice are energy regulatory law (varying from electricity…
Cees Kniestedt photo Mr Cees Kniestedt Cees is a highly experienced authority on Property, with special interests in…
Meltem Koning-Gungormez photo Mrs Meltem Koning-Gungormez Meltem has extensive sell-side and buy-side experience in mid-market mergers and acquisitions,…
Nina Korstenbroek photo Mrs Nina Korstenbroek Nina is part of the European & Competition Law team. She focuses…
Sijbren Kuiper photo Mr Sijbren Kuiper Sijbren is a pension law specialist. Sijbren has become partner as per…
Saskia Laseur photo Mr Saskia Laseur Saskia has worked as a civil-law notary for nearly 20 years, having…
Jasper Leedekerken photo Mr Jasper Leedekerken Jasper is a member of Van Doorne’s management board and heads the…
Jan Leliveld photo Mr Jan Leliveld Jan is part of the Criminal Defence & Investigations team. He focuses…
Vanessa Liem photo Mrs Vanessa Liem Vanessa is part of the Criminal Defence & Investigations Team. She focuses…
Marjolijn Lips photo Mrs Marjolijn Lips Marjolijn is a seasoned employment law specialist and trusted advisor for both…
Diederik Maessen photo Mr Diederik Maessen Diederik specialises in the development, financing, construction, and acquisition of large-scale energy…
Mark Moolhuizen photo Mr Mark Moolhuizen Mark is a very experienced expert in the area of private construction…
Jeanette Ozinga photo Mrs Jeanette Ozinga Jeanette (lawyer, adviser) is an expert on environmental law matters and advises…
Bas Pinckaers photo Mr Bas Pinckaers Bas heads Van Doorne’s Patents and Trade Secrets practice His technological focus…
Harm-Paul Plas photo Mr Harm-Paul Plas
Annerie Ploumen photo Mrs Annerie Ploumen Annerie specializes in property and financing of this property. She assists companies…
Cara Pronk photo Mrs Cara Pronk Cara has become partner in the Employment Law practice as per 1…
Loes Pustjens photo Mrs Loes Pustjens Loes is a member of the Energy, industries & renewables team. She…
Hugo Reumkens photo Mr Hugo Reumkens Hugo is a very experienced corporate law expert. He mainly focuses on…
Jan Roeland photo Mr Jan Roeland Jan is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Rogier Schellaars photo Mr Rogier Schellaars Rogier specialises in international commercial arbitration. He is co-practice head at Van…
Steven Sterk photo Mr Steven Sterk Steven specialises in employment law. In particular, he focuses on statutory directors…
Sjoerd Stokmans photo Mr Sjoerd Stokmans Sjoerd specializes in Dutch and international tax law applied i.a. to reorganizations,…
Elise  Stormmesand photo Mrs Elise Stormmesand Elise is part of the Funds & Investment Management team and specializes…
Arnout Stroeve photo Mr Arnout Stroeve Arnout primarily focuses on designing and restructuring international structures, financing and private equity…
Nick Suurmond photo Mr Nick Suurmond Nick is a member of our Corporate Law team and deals with…
Maurits Terlouw photo Mr Maurits Terlouw Maurits is a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences team. He…
Angelique Thiele photo Mrs Angelique Thiele Angelique is part of the Financing team. Working from the Amsterdam and…
Elisabeth Thole photo Dr Elisabeth Thole Partner and Head of Privacy Team. Extensively experienced in assisting clients with…
Maarten Tinnemans photo Mr Maarten Tinnemans Maarten is an expert in real estate law. He has a strong…
Florence Verbeek photo Mrs Florence Verbeek Florence specialises in national and international commercial contract law, with a focus…
Gijs Verberne photo Mr Gijs Verberne Gijs is a highly experienced and internationally recommended specialist in European and…
Joost Volkers photo Mr Joost Volkers Joost has become partner at Van Doorne as per 1 January 2023.…
Alexandra Weidner photo Mrs Alexandra Weidner Alexandra is a member of the Commercial team. She specialises in drafting…
Daniëlle Westerhoff photo Mrs Daniëlle Westerhoff Daniëlle is a specialist in the Tax Law practice. She mainly advises clients…
Jutta Wijmans photo Mrs Jutta Wijmans Jutta is specialised in general Administrative Law and assists both (semi-)public authorities…
Kriek Wille photo Mrs Kriek Wille Kriek heads the IP / Media practice and is co initiator of…
Ingeborg Wind-Middel photo Mrs Ingeborg Wind-Middel Ingeborg is highly specialised in public law and has built a solid…
Özer Zivali photo Mr Özer Zivali Özer is a member of the Privacy Team and is specialized in…
Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg photo Mr Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg Pieter is a dispute resolution specialist. With broad litigation experience, including in…
Ruud de Kleijn photo Mr Ruud de Kleijn Ruud is part of the IT-team at Van Doorne. He advises and…
Rob de Win photo Mr Rob de Win Rob is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Rutger ten Ham photo Mr Rutger ten Ham Rutger is part of the Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations team. He mainly…
Daan ter Braak photo Mr Daan ter Braak In the notarial practice, Daan’s specialty is corporate law and more in…
Hanne  van 't Klooster photo Mrs Hanne van 't Klooster Hanne specializes in mergers and acquisitions, inter alia, covering private equity, venture…
Hanne  van 't Klooster photo Mrs Hanne van 't Klooster Hanne specializes in mergers and acquisitions, inter alia, covering private equity, venture…
Victor van Ahee photo Mr Victor van Ahee Victor is an expert on regulatory issues relating to energy and industry.…
Niels  van Boekel photo Mr Niels van Boekel Niels is part of the Employment Law team. He advises Dutch clients…
Estelle van Heerden photo Mrs Estelle van Heerden Estelle is member of the Finance team. She was admitted as a…
Ariën van Heesen photo Mr Ariën van Heesen Ariën is a partner in the Real Estate team. He is a…
Dimitri van Hoewijk photo Mr Dimitri van Hoewijk Dimitri is part of the Corporate team and member of our Healthcare…
Ed van Liere photo Mr Ed van Liere Ed has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in the area…
Bart van Reeken photo Mr Bart van Reeken Bart negotiates in a way which contributes to the success of relationships.…
Pieter van Regteren Altena photo Mr Pieter van Regteren Altena Pieter specializes in liability and insurance law, concentrating on professional liability, product…
Stefan van Rossum photo Mr Stefan van Rossum Stefan is a seasoned finance and restructuring lawyer and head of our…
Willeke van Spanje photo Mrs Willeke van Spanje Willeke is a member of the Litigation and Insurance team. She has…
Anneloes van Uhm photo Mrs Anneloes van Uhm Anneloes works in the Finance team. She advises lenders and borrowers in…
Bas van Zelst photo Mr Bas van Zelst Bas van Zelst is a partner in Van Doorne’s arbitration practice. Bas…
Neyah van der Aa photo Mr Neyah van der Aa Neyah specialises in criminal defense and investigations, with a particular focus on…
Jan van der Grinten photo Mr Jan van der Grinten Jan has been a lawyer in government practice for over 25 years.…
Willem van der Ven photo Mr Willem van der Ven Willem is part of the Commercial team and specialise in contract law…
Number of lawyers : 220
Other office : London

Diversity at Van Doorne

Van Doorne has been at the forefront of the industry for many years when it comes to diversity. More than a third of our partners are women, and the overall male/female ratio in our workforce is almost equal. Our internal diversity committee, consisting of people with different backgrounds and years of experience, structurally underpins our commitment to this issue. In addition, we have been active externally for many years with, for example, the Forward Foundation and the IMC Weekend School, and together with the Vrije Universiteit and the Dutch Bar Association we try to bridge the gap to students with a non-Western background. Van Doorne can accurately describe itself as a firm where there is room for everyone.

Van Doorne has an active policy to give employees confidence, so that every talent is given the space to develop optimally. In the Netherlands, the firm has previously received the Innovation Prize for Diversity from the Royal Notarial Association, and the Sonja Boekman Prize; and internationally, it has won the Best National Firm for Women in Business Law Award and the Gender Diversity Initiatives Award. Our partners have also been recognised at an individual level; most recently, Vanessa Liem was a finalist for a Global People Award (alongside the firm being nominated for Best Diversity Firm) at the M&A Awards.

Finally, the Pieter van Doorne Fund was established in 2021, which stimulates sustainability and equality of opportunity by supporting a number of charities. As a committed partner, it supports organisations with financial resources that pursue the same goals.